A massive cleanup of plastic in the seas will begin in the Pacific Ocean, by way of Alameda, California. The Ocean Cleanup, an effort that's been five years in the making, plans to launch its beta cleanup system, a 600-meter (almost 2,000-foot) long floater that can collect about five tons of ocean plastic per month.
It's a start. The launch date is September 8, and the Great Pacific Garbage Patch being targeted is more than 1,000 nautical miles from the launch point and on the move.
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Note that most funding for such things is coming from non-government sources. It would make more sense to me if we stopped wrecking countries around the Middle East for the benefit of Israel and diverted our wasteful military spending toward cleaning up the planet.
What political candidate is going to accomplish that?